Republican Candidates for Primary Election Feb. 28, 2012

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Mara Thompson
Staff Writer

Mitt Romney

Romney was born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Mich. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and went on to get duel degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. Romney founded investment firm, Bain Capital in 1988. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and ended his term in 2007.

 

Romney says Roe v. Wade should be reversed, and that each state should decide their own abortion laws.

 

To reserve debt, Romney defended financial sector bailout and opposed GM and Chrysler bailout. He said he wants to cap federal spending at 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

 

Romney’s plan for the economy is to lower taxes, less regulation, balance budget, and more trade deals to spur growth. He wants to replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts and repeal new financial industry regulations.

 

Romney supported No Child Left Behind law, though once favored shutting Education Department, later he saw value in “holding down the interests of the teachers’ unions”.

 

Romney supports drilling in the Gulf, the outer continental shelves, Western lands, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska; and exploitation of shale oil deposits.

Rick Santorum

Santorum was born May 10, 1958 in Winchester, Va. Santorum attended Penn State University for his undergraduate degree graduating in 1980. He received his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and then received his Juris Doctorate from the Dickerson School of Law in 1986. Santorum was a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.

 

Santorum favors constitutional abortion bans and opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest, he said states should have right to ban contraception.

 

His plans for reserving debt are to freeze social and military spending for five years to cut $5 trillion from federal budgets.

 

For the economy, he plans to eliminate corporate taxes for manufacturers, drill for more oil and gas, and slash regulations.

 

Santorum voted for No Child Left Behind law, yet now says he regrets the vote. He wants a significantly smaller Education Department but not eliminated.

 

Santorum favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, scaling back “oppressive regulation” hindering drilling elsewhere and he plans to eliminate energy subsidies for four years.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich was born June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Penn. He received his bachelor’s degree in History at Emory University in 1965. He then went on to earn a master’s and doctoral degree in history, both from Tulane University. Gingrich was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 6th district from 1979 to 1999. He was in office as a House Minority Whip from 1989 to 1995. He was also the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999.

 

Gingrich’s stance on abortion is to get a platform that calls for conservation judges and no subsidies for abortion, but not a constitutional abortion ban.

 

To reverse debt, Gingrich plans to balance the budget by growing the economy, controlling spending, implementing money saving reforms, and lastly replace destructive policies and regulatory agencies with new approaches.

 

Gingrich wishes to repeal the financial industry regulations that followed the Wall Street meltdown and restrict the Fed’s power to set interests rates low.

 

He said he wants to shrink Education Department, but he also supported Obama administrations $4 billion Race to the Top grant competition for the states.

 

For energy, he wants to let oil and natural gas industries drill offshore reserves, which are currently blocked from development and end restrictions on Western oil shale development.

Ron Paul

Paul was born Aug. 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Biology in 1957. He received his Doctor in Medicine from Duke University in 1961 and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and the U.S. Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He relocated to Texas and began a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology. Paul became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’ 22nd district in 1976 to 1977, and again from 1979 to 1985. In 1997, Paul was re-elected to office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’ 14th district where he continues today.

 

Paul said federal government should have no authority either to legalize or ban abortion.

 

He hopes to slash nearly half of federal government spending. He would shut five Cabinet level agencies, end spending on existing conflicts and on foreign aid.

 

For the economy, he would return to the gold standard, eliminate the Federal Reserve and also eliminate most federal regulations.

 

Paul wishes to abolish the Education Department and end the federal role in education.

 

He said he would also like to remove restrictions on drilling, coal and nuclear power, eliminate gasoline tax, and provide tax credits for alternative fuel technology.

 

Voting for the Republican Primary for Grand Ledge residents will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Wallace F. Watt Community Center.

 
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